This copper theft epidemic is getting out of hand:
Thieves have snatched a copper sword from the burial site of president Abraham Lincoln, one of the most revered leaders in US history, local media reported.Here's a clueless quote from a state official about the theft:
The roughly three-foot (90-centimeter) sword was brandished by the statue of a Civil War artillery officer at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, located in Springfield, Illinois.
The sword was broken off at the handle, The State Journal-Register reported Friday.
“We just cannot imagine why someone would even think about doing it, let alone climb up the steps and actually do it,” Illinois Historic Preservation Agency spokesman Dave Blanchette told Journal-Register.Really, Mr. Blanchett? Is is THAT hard to figure out? Clearly, a person doesn't sink to the level it takes to commit a crime like this unless they have become VERY desperate. And I guess you haven't noticed this, but there are an awful lot of desperate people out there these days.